Comments about ‘Jeff Benedict: NBC's 'Rock Center' will devote full hour of prime-time television to Mormonism’

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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 21 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Harry Smith and Kate Snow are both responsible balanced journalists. I remember listening to Harry Smith when he was a DJ on KHOW in Denver early in his career, on A&E's Biography, then on the History Channel. A real professional.

Lifelong Republican
Orem, UT

Sounds interesting yet I am wondering why they always feel the need to interview a "feminist" and an "openly gay" member. That is fine and all, I just wonder why they always feel the need to have an angle like that on their stories. I am looking forward to the show and hope they do a nice job.

very concerned
Sandy, UT

Some think that Mitt's religion will affect his presidential policies and attitudes. Since when has the NOT been the case. Every president's background has affected his policies. Why single out Mitt and his beliefs. I think he has demonstrated that he will be a qualified president whether LDS or not.

Everything about President Obama's background likely affects his policies to a greater or lesser extent. That is true of all men/women.

American Fork, UT

Religion. Americas' growth industry.

Centerville, UT

@very concerned

"Why single out Mitt and his beliefs?"

Because a lot of people have a lot of misconceptions about Mormons. Considering all that has happened in the past 180 years, this is actually a very interesting time in American and Church History. No religion in America has ever had an extermination order issued against it by a U.S. Governor. Also, the LDS church has a unique history in the fact it left the nation in a mass exodus only to be reunited and have a membership that is highly patriotic. I'd like to see more on this angle because it is sort of a 'coming full circle' story.

S.Andrew Zaelit
Deseret, UT

At the end of the day this is NBC news we are talking about. What is their agenda? Who is the force behind this decision? There is nothing about this focus story that should encourage anyone. I realize this is an extremely skeptical view laden with a couple of hundred pounds of mistrust but look at who they will be talking to. NBC has already determined their destination and they are working backwards. Be skeptical and watch for the proverbial other shoe, the one most people will not be looking for. I have a hunch this news story will not do the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints any justice and it will not do anything for Mr. Romney.

Sandy, UT

As a practicing Mormon, I'm getting tired of all the coverage. I'd prefer to do my thing in anonymity without a bunch of people watching over my shoulder.

Far East USA, SC

If you are expecting that this hour long show will concentrate only on the LDS approved topics you may be in for a shock.

Just like with most religions, the LDS have some baggage in their closet.

A balanced show should certainly give a complete picture, warts and all.

And, just because you dont like something, does not make it false.

My prediction is that it will be an overall positive piece.

And many will focus on the negative parts and slam it as unfair.

I guess we will see.

Average, SE

From the article: "Joanna Brooks...questions whether women can truly be equal if they can't hold positions of power in the church".

So Relief Society, Young Women's, Primary are not positions of power? The Priesthood is not the only power in the Church - the most important and strongest power is faith in Jesus Christ. Yes, no woman in the church has the Priesthood or Priesthood keys but many men in "positions of power" have no keys (e.g., the Seventy or High Priest Group Leaders or members of the High Councils or councilors in presidencies).

And women not being truly equal? Why is it that men have to be given the priesthood to do anything in the church (e.g., hold a calling, go to the temple, etc.) when women can serve in the church without holding the priesthood? It seems that men have to be given the Priesthood in order to be raised up and roughly equal with women. This all begs the question about equality as a doctrine and goal. In the scriptures it's clear that the Lord's definition of equality is not the same as the world's.

Kaysville, UT

You have to remember that NBC and MSNBC are related and MSNBC is not very positive toward the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Rock Center may have some good aspects in how they interviewed people, but how they put it into the forum of good journalism will be up for display. In this very political year, no matter how a candidate may spell out the words and meaning, the media including the rest of the media and campaigns will twist what the person really had to say. That is one reason Governor Romney is not going to have 10 years more of tax records out there. His current two available years are there and people want more.

True, this will elevate the potential for people to hear about the Church and with good people interviewed others will see the spirit and light that are within those people as they tell about their experiences of life with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and members.

Truth is in the pudding and hopefully those that watch this episode of Rock Center before the conventions will have an open heart and mind for the truth.

Pleasant Grove, UT

I wish it was 30 Rock rather than Rock Center. Just sayin . . .

Salt Lake City, UT

We must remember that ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS were all cheerleaders for Barack Obama in 2008. They might be trying to be a little more even-handed in their reporting for this election.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT


"And many will focus on the negative parts and slam it as unfair."

I am sure there will be critics who will focus on the positive parts and slam it as unfair.

Far East USA, SC

Ute Fan

I agree with you.

And if neither side it completely happy, it will probably have been a fair depiction.

Holladay, UT

Neelemen must have a full time Public Relations person out there. He gets more press coverage than Chavez of Venezuela. (He's also about as honest as Chavez). Can't we Mormon's get a better person to represent us?

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

While there may still be deficiencies in the Rock Center reporting (we'll see) I'm still betting that this will be a more thorough and compelling look at the Church than the recent BusinessWeek story was. I hope that NBC can, even if they air some of the baggage items, end the show with an upbeat and encouraging view of the Church. And no matter what the show does and how it impacts perceptions of the Church by the general public the final litmus test is how people view the individual members of the Church. I look forward to watching this.

Iowa City, IA

Not looking for a fair piece. Brian Williams, NBC, all in Obama's pocket. Haven't seen objective political journalism from NBC for a long, long, time.

Salt Lake City, UT

Holladay, UT
Neelemen must have a full time Public Relations person out there. He gets more press coverage than Chavez of Venezuela. (He's also about as honest as Chavez). Can't we Mormon's get a better person to represent us?

Oh. You mean, like, Joanna Brooks?

Bluffdale, UT

From the article: "Joanna Brooks...questions whether women can truly be equal if they can't hold positions of power in the church".
Joanna; I don't trust religious leaders seeking "positions of power."

The fact that women in the LDS Church can participate in the highest ordinances of the temple without being ordained, in a sense, redeeming the dead, without holding the Priesthood, puts women at least in equality with the men if not more.

Further more, all positions of power in the LDS Church are done by being "set apart" under the direction of the Priesthood, by the laying on of hands. Women are "set apart" by the Priesthood and called to serve, male primary teachers report to a female presidency through the Priesthood, for example. So, the difference Joanna seeks are the "Keys of the Priesthood" which are not given to all men either.

To those unfamiliar with the LDS Church may find it fascinating to see women give prayers and discourses to congregations and teaching seminary without ordination. Joanna, tell the story as if your audience is not LDS and you will find how liberating the world will see the LDS Church.

Uncle Charles
Where freedom and liberty reign, utah

I completely agree with the comments questioning why there always has to be a feminist and a homosexual in stories regarding the LDS church. I've read Brooks' website and in my opinion she's not active LDS. She has an axe to grind and wants to be the thorn in the side with her philosophies of men --- oops, women.

I actually don't plan on watching it at all since the storyline is of no interest to me. NBC clearly has an agenda and I'm stunned that they don't have any of their PMSNBC personalities involved; Matthews in particular.

For those wanting to know why the press always goes to Mr. Jetblue on things Mormon it's the same reason the Dnews and SLLib go to Jowers. Neither of these men have a corner on things Mormon and political in the case of Jowers. They are both establishment people with their own agendas.

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